Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, IT products and services giant Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at HP's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

HP facts

Headquarters (founded) Palo Alto, Calif. (1939)
Market Cap $34.6 billion
Industry Computer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $122.5 billion
Management CEO Margaret Whitman (since 2011)
CFO Catherine Lesjak (since 2007)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 9.2%
Cash/Debt $9.5 billion / $29.8 billion
Dividend Yield 2.9%
Competitors Apple

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 29% of the 2,315 members who have rated HP believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, All-Star NHWeston, succinctly summed up the HP bear case for our community:

This company is rudderless. ... [HP] is involved in a range of important technologies but they really aren't first-tier at any of them. Who and/or what breaks out of mediocrity, especially if the global economy remains [asthmatic]?

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